Allow per-story and per-scenario meta-information

Description

From a development management perspective, BDD could be extremely useful in helping to track and understand who is creating specifications and when they are being injected.

Since requirements like this will vary between users, it would be a good idea to implement as generically as possible and then provide an example or reference.

My thoughts on what would be useful in my own situation:

  • A way to indicate the Author(s) of a scenario

  • A way to indicate the Owner of a story

  • A way to indicate the Creation Date of a scenario

  • A way to indicate the Last Update Date of a scenario

  • The injection phase of the scenario (eg. grooming, planning, development...)

I don't think these should be included in the grammar as individual, specific elements, but perhaps the grammar could have a syntax for optional meta-information. The grammar would allow a word (eg. Meta followed by a category, perhaps emphasized with a symbol (eg. @Author) and then followed by any arbitrary text.

This would allow interesting things...

Meta:
@Author John
@Role Product Owner
@Created 2009-11-08
@Injection Backlog Grooming

OR

Meta:
@Author Fred
@Role Quality Engineer
@Created 2009-12-02
@Injection Sprint Planning

OR

Meta:
@Author Colin
@Role Developer
@Created 2009-12-10
@Injection Development

Being able to say that, for instance, only 20% of scenarios are created in backlog grooming, while another 20% are created in sprint planning and 60% are created during development would be very useful in identifying and resolving process impediments and training product owners and teams to define requirements earlier so they don't run into velocity impacts when they are discovered late in a sprint.

Allowing meta-data would enable scenario management tool development.

Assignee

Mauro Talevi

Reporter

Chris Jensen

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